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How to Mark an Item As Shipped in Etsy

If for whatever reason you opted out of printing your shipping labels through Etsy — maybe you don’t accept Direct Checkout (meaning Etsy’s print shipping labels feature isn’t currently available to you [more…]

How to Create Etsy Coupons

Offer your Etsy customers discounts on merchandise or free shipping through coupons — or, more specifically, coupon codes. Buyers can then apply these codes to purchases during the checkout process. For [more…]

How to Promote Your Etsy Shop on Social Media

Everybody knows that social media — most notably, sites like Facebook and Twitter — are great marketing tools. Your Etsy business will undoubtedly benefit from mentions on these social sites. Although [more…]

How to Prompt a Buyer to Pay for an Etsy Order

Most of the time, buyers pay right away when they purchase from an Etsy shop. In fact, if they opt to use PayPal, they mustpay right away. But occasionally, you may encounter buyers who take their sweet [more…]

How to Communicate with Your Etsy Customers

Communication is the single most critical factor to ensuring the success of your Etsy business. After your fabulous inventory catches your buyers’ attention, your prompt and friendly communication — whether [more…]

How to Deal with Lost Etsy Shipments

It’s an unfortunate fact that sometimes the postal service and other delivery companies simply fail to deliver your Etsy merchandise. If one of your packages has gone the way of Amelia Earhart, you have [more…]

How to Cancel an Etsy Order

In certain circumstances, you, as an Etsy shop owner, can cancel an order. For example, you may cancel an order if the buyer fails to pay, if both you and the buyer agree to cancel the transaction prior [more…]

How to Leave Feedback for Your Etsy Buyer

Etsy relies on feedback to facilitate trust among buyers and sellers. At the conclusion of a sale, both the buyer and seller leave feedback about the transaction. Other Etsy users can then view this feedback [more…]

How to Pay Your Etsy Bill

Etsy stays afloat by charging sellers a listing fee (currently, 20¢) for each item listed on the site. In addition, Etsy collects a commission from the seller for each item sold — currently, 3.5 percent [more…]

Finding Legitimate Tax Deductions Related to Your Etsy Business

If your Etsy shop is a proper business (rather than a hobby) and it’s set up as a sole proprietorship, you’re free to deduct shop-related expenses from your taxable income. Here are a few examples [more…]

Where to Find Apps to Run Your Etsy Store

Need some extra help running your Etsy shop? Try installing some Etsy applications, or apps, for short. Apps are available to handle all manner of jobs: minimizing the hassle of international shipping [more…]

How to Put Your Etsy Shop in Vacation Mode

Although many people don’t take nearly enough vacations, it’s a well-known fact that they’re as good for Etsy sellers as Brussels sprouts. Vacations do more than help you rest and relieve stress; they [more…]

How to Feature an Item in Your Etsy Shop

When it comes to rearranging your Etsy shop, another option is to feature certain item listings. When you do, those listings appear in a special “Featured” section on your shop’s main page and across the [more…]

How to Print Shipping Labels on Etsy

If you use USPS as your Etsy merchandise shipping carrier, and you’ve signed up for Direct Checkout or your shop has been open and active for a certain number of months, you can print your shipping labels [more…]

How to Promote Your Brand with Etsy Search Ads

Etsy recognizes the importance of marketing your shop and offers several built-in promotional tools. Fun fact: The word advertise derives from the Latin [more…]

How to Create an Etsy Shop Badge and Host an Etsy Mini

Do you maintain a blog or some other type of personal website? If so, you can use it to link back to your Etsy shop by displaying an Etsy shop badge, an Etsy Mini, or both. [more…]

How to Send an E-mail Newsletter to Your Etsy Customers

A great way to keep in touch with your Etsy customers is to send periodic e-mail newsletters. For example, you may send an e-mail newsletter to announce an upcoming sale, to spread the word about a new [more…]

How to Deal with a Reported Case on Etsy

Although Etsy urges buyers and sellers to work through problems related to nondelivery themselves via civilized means such as with convos or e-mails, buyers sometimes feel compelled to report nondelivery [more…]

How to Issue Refunds for Your Etsy Merchandise

When it comes to refunds, different Etsy sellers have different policies. Some sellers are happy to issue full refunds for any reason, other sellers allow buyers to exchange for other goods in their shop [more…]

How to Refuse Service to an Etsy Buyer

Although Etsy asks that sellers do everything they can to honor a sale, on extremely rare occasions, you may feel that you must refuse service. For example, if you feel that you’re being harassed by a [more…]

Quarterly Income Tax for Your Etsy Business

If you run your Etsy business as a sole proprietorship and you live in the United States, you have the distinct pleasure of paying income taxes not once, not twice, not three times, but [more…]

How to Download Sales Data for Your Etsy Business

If you want to avoid getting sideways with the IRS — not to mention stay on top of your Etsy business — you’ll want to be scrupulous about your record-keeping, however tedious it may be. Keep careful track [more…]

How to View Your Etsy Shop Stats

Ever wonder how many people have visited your Etsy shop? Or what keywords they used to find an item in your store? Or what page they were on before they landed on your doorstep? [more…]

How to View Customer Service Stats on Etsy

You can view Customer Service Stats on Etsy. Doing so will help you get a handle on areas where your customer-service skills excel — and which areas need a little work. To access your Customer Service [more…]

How to Close Your Etsy Shop

If you decide that running an Etsy shop just isn’t for you, you can close your Etsy shop (assuming you’ve closed unresolved cases and settled all fees). When you close your shop, your shop and listings [more…]